There is one thing we know for sure about the hit above: Justin Williams got absolutely rocked by Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday night.
The contact between the two players was well after Williams seemed to have touched the puck. Yet the question that could be bandied about is whether or not Clutterbuck collided with Williams or went out of his way to hit him, especially when it comes to any supplemental discipline.
Williams appears to be caught puck watching as he turns it over at center ice. As he skates forward, Clutterbuck comes in and blasts him.
It was the best case scenario for the New York Islanders.
The team was on a 5-on-3 and in control of the puck in the Pittsburgh Penguins zone. Ryan Strome sent a perfect pass across the front of the crease to the team’s most lethal goal scorer, John Tavares.
Like Julie ‘The Cat’ Gaffney, Matt Murray would not have it.
The New York Islanders have been in desperate need of a win. Little did they know, their first road win of the season would come at the ineptitude of the officiating crew on and off the ice.
After the Islanders survived a 7-1 shot advantage by the Anaheim Ducks in overtime, the two teams headed to a shootout.
Rounds 1 through 11 – yes, eleven – went as follows:
It’s in the 12th round where things get crazy.
The Lightning easily punched their ticket to the next round without a much pushback from the New York Islanders. Game 5 was a dominant one for Tampa as they shut out the Isles 4-0.
For the second year in a row, and for the third time in six years, the Tampa Bay Lightning are heading to the Eastern Conference Final.
Defenseman Victor Hedman led the offense for Tampa. He scored his first goal of the game at 6:11 in the opening period, and it was a beauty.
Hedman plucks the puck away from Kyle Okposo, and in one single move, spins and scores.